On Friday, May 4, Gov. Mark Dayton signed HF 2975 in law. This legislation enhances Minnesota’s existing Card Clubs by allowing for a series of changes to their operations. First, this law allows the number of tables in Minnesota’s card rooms to increase from a limit of 50 to a limit of 80. Additionally, it increases the poker bet limit from $60 to $100. Furthermore, the legislation also removes limits on the number of poker tournaments Card Clubs can conduct, as well as limits on the number of tables used in these tournaments.
In addition, the legislation allows card games played in existing Card Clubs to be “banked” card games. In a separate provision, the amended law establishes a framework for the possible implementation of simulcasting of horse races at existing casinos throughout Minnesota.